Read How I Survived My Summer Vacation by Nancy Holder Paul Ruditis Michelle Sagara West Cameron Dokey Yvonne Navarro Joss Whedon Online


A collection of short stories set during the summer after sophomore year at Sunnydale High.When sophomore year ended with Buffy's defeat -- just barely -- of the Master, she headed off to spend the summer with her father in L.A. The theme was R&R, parties, and an occasional shopping spree. But things that go bump in the night don't take vacation. So Buffy's trying despA collection of short stories set during the summer after sophomore year at Sunnydale High.When sophomore year ended with Buffy's defeat -- just barely -- of the Master, she headed off to spend the summer with her father in L.A. The theme was R&R, parties, and an occasional shopping spree. But things that go bump in the night don't take vacation. So Buffy's trying desperately to keep a lid on things in L.A. -- and to keep her secret identity from her father.Meanwhile, back in Sunnydale, trouble keeps popping up in the darnedest places. Giles wants Willow and Xander to have a "normal" summer, so he and Jenny Calendar, whose budding romance is progressing to full bloom, attempt to stave off the forces of darkness sans Slayer and Slayerettes. And Angel, grappling with Buffy's brush with death, must decide: Does he want to be a more permanent member of the Scooby Gang?Concerts. Picnics. The resurrection of an ancient monster or two. Just your typical fun in the sun....

Title : How I Survived My Summer Vacation
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ISBN : 9780613633000
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Number of Pages : 273 Pages
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How I Survived My Summer Vacation Reviews

  • Werner
    2019-03-19 17:19

    Note, April 16, 2016: I've just edited this review to correct a factual error which I discovered had crept in due to my relative unfamiliarity with the series.I saw and liked the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which inspired the TV series of the same name; and while I was never a hardcore fan of the series (I don't watch enough TV to be a hardcore fan of anything!), when it was syndicated in this area several years ago I used to watch scattered episodes whenever I could, and mostly liked what I saw. So when I had a chance to pick up this spin-off collection of short stories at a yard sale some years ago, I did. Finding myself between novels recently, I picked it up as a fill-in read, frankly not expecting a lot from it. The quality of the stories was a pleasant surprise (though more in the four and 1/2 star range --but I rounded up).My theory of the life cycle of TV programs, based on several examples, runs like this: show starts with a good premise and good execution and gets loyal fans; a few seasons in (usually), the producers decide to forestall possible fan boredom by introducing increasingly far-out over-arching plot arcs that take the series away from its original basic concept; as fan loyalty slips (because they're no longer getting what originally attracted them), the producers apply more and more of the supposed corrective course; and finally the series expires. From what I could see, this happened with Buffy. Fortunately for my reading enjoyment, these stories are set in the summer between the show's first and second seasons, picking up immediately after the finale (which I actually never saw) of Season 1, in which Buffy defeated and destroyed the Master Vampire, Johann Heinrich Nest (but not before being herself clinically dead for a couple of minutes after he tried to drown her). The five authors of the six stories (Cameron Dokey contributed two) are all series fans and all professional writers of genre, YA and spin-off fiction. (Paul Ruditis, at the time, had the least writing experience, though his first novel was awaiting publication.) They were aware of each others' work, and the stories fit into a framework, but are also basically self-contained.The tone and content of the stories reflects that of the early series episodes, as I remember them, and the characters incarnate their TV counterparts very faithfully. Two stories follow Buffy, spending the summer with her dad in L.A. (her parents are divorcing); the other four follow Buffy's Watcher, Rupert Giles, his romantic interest Jenny Calendar, Angel, Willow and Xander as they hold the fort in Sunnydale. Like the series, some of these stories have certain internal credibility problems: a 16-year-old Slayer mixing secret vampire fighting with high school is probably not a situation a real Watcher's Council fighting real vampires, if they existed, would accept; Sunnydale has inconsistent characteristics of both a small town and a large metropolis, which sit uneasily with each other and don't make for the greatest verisimilitude; and there are aspects of the plotting, especially in the last two stories, that don't stand examination very well. But the stories all feature supernatural challenges and jeopardies with meaningful consequences, affecting characters that you care about and who have to reach inside themselves for the courage and strength to overcome in the situations; their interpersonal dynamics are affecting; and the evocative prose in some stories, notably Michelle West's "Dust," can have unexpected emotional depth. The book also offers at least one jaw-dropping surprise, and some moments of real tension (as well as a leaven of humor in places)."Dust" is probably my favorite of the stories (even though the dynamics of exactly how the underlying supernatural situation works are never really explained); beyond its effectiveness as supernatural fiction, it gives a poignant look at the pains a culture of divorce can inflict on today's families. A close second is "No Place Like..." with its masterful use of actual Mexican folklore surrounding the Day of the Dead. Nancy Holder's "Absalom Rising" evokes the darkest feeling of supernatural menace of any of the stories.In terms of texture --explaining the web of relationships, describing the settings, and delineating the characters-- the writers here largely presuppose that the readers have watched Season 1 of the series and are fans; they clearly assume the familiarity this group would already have. However, those who just enjoy good supernatural short fiction, without really being familiar with the series, could still enjoy the collection on those terms. But a knowledge of the series enhances the read. (It can also impart a bittersweet quality in places, knowing what became of certain characters and relationships.) For me as a librarian, I'd have to say that seeing Giles front and center for a change in several stories was satisfying; it's nice to see the inherently heroic qualities of librarians save the day!

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  • Ceejay
    2019-03-15 14:58

    This is an entertaining collection of short stories that, as the title suggests, was supposed to show us what the Buffy/Scooby Gang did during the Summer after the Master was eliminated. There are six stories,and as the cover shows six characters, I assumed that each person would get one story.Not so. In fact Cordelia gets nothing. After Buffy goes to LA to stay with her Dad, a couple of the stories tied together, and than that stopped. I think that this collection could have been handled in a better manner. My two favorites involved Giles and Jenny, and were on the humorous side. All in all, the stories were enjoyable, but the authors should have been better directed in the purpose of the total collection. This explains why no editor is credited.

  • Julie_ian_curtis
    2019-03-12 15:03

    fail on all fronts.

  • Brent Ecenbarger
    2019-02-21 13:17

    This is a short story collection about the summer in between seasons 1 and 2 of Buffy. During this summer (according to the book) Buffy went to Los Angeles with her dad for a few months while Angel, Jenny, Giles, Xander and Willow are left behind to keep Sunnydale safe. The book benefits from having the framing device and all the stories take place in chronological order, although compared to the Tales of the Slayer short story collections, this book lacks a real stand out great story. Here's what I thought of the individual stories:Dust by Michelle West - A story about Buffy spending the summer in LA with her dad and the aftermath of her own death and battle with the master; Buffy also has visions of death for whomever she touches. Not much holds up here continuity wise with the series (relationship with dad, Master's resurrection, Joyce's future death) and all the dream sequences sapped any urgency or threat of danger. 2 out of 5.Absalom Rising by Nancy Holder - Angel, Giles, Willow, Xander and Jenny Calendar try to figure out what to do with the Master's bones while the anointed one and new vampire Absalom try to recover them. The bones story line ended up being resolved better in the show, and this installment at worst contradicts and at best doesn't really add anything to what's canon. 3.5/5Looks Can Kill by Cameron Dokey - Giles, Angel and Ms. Calendar team up to thwart a shapeshifter. This felt like a nice season one bad guy of the week episode. 4 out of 5No Place Like... By Cameron Dokey - Buffy helps a fortune teller reunite with her dead daughter while setting a spirit to rest. Definitely not as good as the ghost episode of Buffy and felt rushed in the final confrontation. 3 out of 5Uncle Dead and the Fourth of July by Yvonne Navarro - Giles, Jenny and Angel must deal with an army of zombies resurrected during a 4th of July parade. With one episode of Buffy devoted to Zombies, plus another whole novelization this felt very unnecessary. 2 out of 5The Show Must Go On by Paul Ruditis - Xander and Willow are working on a traveling theater production when a series of theatrical themed murders occur. Coincidence? I think not. Still this was the most fun entry in the book as the backstage murdering requires last minute improvisations by the stage crew. 4.5/5

  • Alana Stevens
    2019-02-25 13:07

    How I survived My Summer Vacation by Nancy Holder takes the reader into depth of every hard core Buffy Fan. This story was based off of the imagination of this amazing author on what happens between season 1 and 2 of the hit TV series. Buffy Summers is taking a break from all of the walking demons and vamps' for a while to enjoy some sunny days with her father in LA. But duty always calls for the scooby gang. After the recent death of "The Master", his followers and the anointed one have to figure out how to revive him with his bones. The team must get to the bones first and bury it in sacred ground that burn the touch of a Vampire. The vampire Angel is also trying to figure out if he should join the scoobies and decipher his feelings for the Slayer. This story was immensely amazing and soothes any fans' curiosity. I wish however, that we got to see more into Willow's perspective on the "battle for bones" and how it is dealing with spending summer without her best friend. I think I enjoyed the part where Angel and Giles have an argument on whereabouts with Willow explaining both of their wrongness. I suggest this to any Buffy Fan who wants to know more about the fandom.

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-03-19 13:13

    A nice collection of short stories inspired by the TV Series and set between the 1st and 2nd season.Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Rhiannon
    2019-03-17 12:52

    I have to say this is one of my more favorite novels of the Buffyverse. It's set in the time frame between season one and two, when all the characters are on summer vacation. Buffy is in L.A. with her dad throughout the story. Then it also switches back to Sunnydale and deals with the Scoobies side of their summer, including Angel too.It's defiantly a book for those that want those gaps filled in that wasn't fully explained in the show about what really happened to everyone once the Master was killed and how everyone handled it thereafter.A real treat for a true Buffy fan!

  • Karla
    2019-03-11 11:04

    Good entertaining short stories. Love the show.

  • Dave The
    2019-02-21 11:57

    Not enough storyline for full episodes? Good to get some background on Buffy and her Dad, with these short stories, some were almost too short.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-07 13:13

    Again, read a long time ago

  • Heather Adkins
    2019-02-20 16:08

    writing isn't mesmerizing, but damn it takes me back. the dialogue is pure Buffy/Whedon. definitely a Buffy fandom keepsake.

  • Katy
    2019-03-18 15:00

    This was not really based on any true episodes, so we're left at the mercy of crappy authors who pretend to know something about the characters.